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Monday, November 6, 2017

Dean's Column (November 2017)

Dear Extension Retirees,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you this summer during our annual retiree luncheons.

In October, I did one of my favorite duties as dean, honoring our employees and friends with the Distinguished Dean’s Awards at the annual Program Conference. It is an honor to recognize the work, dedication and impact of our colleagues and friends.

Please join me in congratulating the award winners! You can learn more about the 2017 award winners on our website (

Campus-based faculty
: Krishona Martinson, Extension equine specialist and livestock program leader

Field-based faculty: Amy Rager, Extension educator, fish, wildlife and conservation education

Diversity: Ryan Allen, associate professor, leadership and civic engagement, Extension Center for Community Vitality

Outstanding leadership: Dorothy McCargo Freeman, associate dean, Extension Center for Youth Development

Team: Deep Winter Greenhouse team, Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Friend of Extension: Frank Jewell, St. Louis County commissioner
Bev Durgan

Source magazine fall issue available and ready for sharing

Here are some of the highlights Source Fall 2017 edition:
  • Gardening with class features schoolyard gardens that plant seeds for better health and active learning. Even if you’ve read it before, visit online for a heartening video that has just been added.
  • Take five steps for a stronger Minnesota helps you make your community an attractive place to live, where people can find work and quality of life.
  • 4-H alumni: Where are they now? features 4-H alumni who brought lessons from 4-H into their communities and careers.
Please share the Source stories with your friends, family, community members and anyone you think would be interested in this work.

Transition for Minnesota 4-H Foundation

On Jan. 31, 2018, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation will dissolve and all 4-H fund development activities will be coordinated by Extension’s development office and the University of Minnesota Foundation. This change is designed to maximize fundraising potential for 4-H throughout the state, benefiting more youth in every Minnesota county and tribal nation.

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation board of trustees has considered this opportunity for many months, and voted unanimously in June 2017 to continue to move forward with dissolution.

Our staff and Foundation board, along with leadership from the Center for Youth Development, Extension and the University are working to make sure this is as seamless a transition as possible.
  • Donor intent in all contributions and bequests, past and future, will be honored.
  • Endowment holders will still receive annual reports showing the financial standing of their investments with the University of Minnesota Foundation.
  • Gifts made payable to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation will continue to be accepted.
  • Our development team will remain unchanged and continue working out of 9 Coffey Hall on the St. Paul campus and will be your key contacts for giving questions.
The Minnesota 4-H Foundation was founded in 1980 to generate private funding for 4-H. In the subsequent years, many dollars were raised and funds were stewarded with great integrity. We’re confident that merging with the University of Minnesota Foundation will significantly expand funding opportunities for 4-H into the future.

Please direct questions about the transition to Jane Johnson, Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H Foundation, phone 612-626-3717 or email

Events (November 2017)

Minnesota 4-H Celebration of Agriculture, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, Hilton Bloomington, 3900 American Blvd W. Social hour 6 p.m., dinner and program at 7 p.m.
Mark your calendar to share in a night when 4-H alumni, parents, volunteers and staff celebrate 4-H’s involvement in growing true leaders through 4-H agriculture programs. Tickets are $100 each; proceeds go to support 4-H agriculture programs. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact the Extension development office, 612-624-7971.

For snowbirds: University of Minnesota Alumni Association Minne-College will be taking place In Naples, Fla., on Jan. 20 at the Hilton Naples; and Scottsdale, Ariz., at Marriott McDowell Mountains on Feb. 10.
Registration for both events starts at 12:30 p.m. with a program at 1 p.m. A program of cutting-edge topics featuring University faculty speakers is planned for both locations. More information will be posted soon on the UMAA website.

Awards and Accomplishments (November 2017)

Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors program was featured in the story Guardians of the Waterways. The volunteer program was recently launched by Extension and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Read the story in University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine, Summer 2017 and on Extension Highlights.

Jeff Coulter, Extension agronomist, St. Paul campus, received the Editor’s Citation for Excellence by the editorial board of Crop Science. These awards recognize the outstanding professional commitment and dedication of volunteer reviewers and editors who, through their insights and comments, have helped maintain the high standard and quality of papers published in the journal.

The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Extension Program Group Award by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Team members include Robert Craven, Dale Nordquist, Kevin Klair, Wynn Richardson, Rann Loppnow, Curtis Mahnken, Ed Usset, Jeff Reisdorfer, Dave Nordquist, Jane Sandstrom and Laurie Dickinson.

Abby Neu, Extension educator, livestock and poultry, Extension Regional Office Willmar, received first place in the Extension and teaching graduate student competition at the 25th Symposium of the Equine Science Society.

Epsilon Sigma Phi-Pi Chapter

Marcia Woeste, ESP-Pi chapter awards committee chair, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s awards. The awards were presented at a celebration and social during Program Conference. Congratulations to the following:
  • Early Career Service – Robin Trott
  • Mid-Career Service – Heidi Haugen
  • Distinguished Service – Marcia Woeste
  • Administrative Leadership – Tim Arlt
  • Distinguished Team – Rebecca Hagen Jokela, Lori Hendrickson
  • Visionary Leadership – Holli Arp
  • Retiree Service – Kent Gustafson
  • Meritorious Support Services – Sharon Leopold
  • 25-Year Tenure of Service – Sara Croymans, Kathy Brandt

Welcome new retirees (November 2017)

Fritz Breitenbach, associate Extension professor, entomology department and integrated pest management specialist, retired Sept. 30. Fritz’s 36-year career and proactive approach to solving problems of new invasive species and herbicide resistance benefited many farmers, crop consultants and the Minnesota agriculture industry.

Patricia Combs retired Oct. 10 after 28 years of dedicated service as a finance professional in the Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Patti, with her knowledge and understanding of University policies, procedures and operating systems across the institution, provided valuable skills to the Extension finance team.

David Fluegel served as executive director of the Extension Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships since 2012. During his career, he built relationships throughout the region and worked to see that the projects reflected the people and places of the region. He retired Aug. 5.

Karl Foord, Extension educator, Extension Regional Office Farmington, retired Oct. 18 with more than 22 years of service, leadership and program development in horticultural education. Karl was a collaborator on the University’s gardening calendar and taught fruit and vegetable farmers on the economics of marketing and analyzing farmers market participant needs.

Gary Hachfeld, Extension educator in the Extension Regional Office Mankato, retired Sept. 30 with more than 46 years of leadership and program development in farm management education and farm transition planning. His innovation in developing evaluation methodologies to measure economic impacts of programming was nationally recognized.

In Memoriam (November 2017)

Christine M. Moen, Roseville, passed away Oct. 5. She served as the Extension fiscal officer for more than 36 years. As an ardent believer in the value of education, she created a scholarship foundation and actively supported that cause until her death.

Irene D. Peterson
received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota and enjoyed a career with many Extension positions: Extension agent in Stearns and Douglas counties, and later served on the Senior Citizen Pilot Project with the Governor’s Council. In 1970, she became supervisor for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program. In 1971, Irene received the National Distinguished Award for her commitment and service to the elderly. She passed away July 27, age 86.

Margaret Eleanor Rosendahl, age 97, passed away June 15. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota, she became the first Extension home demonstration agent in Marshall County in 1947. In 1988, after more than 50 years of involvement with 4-H, she was honored with their Alumni Achievement award.
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